Silicon Ranch is in the process of transitioning our currently operating solar farms to Regenerative Energy®. Regenerative Energy® is Silicon Ranch’s commitment to going beyond solar to help communities and the earth’s natural resources thrive. With Regenerative Energy®, we harness both the power of the sun and the power of regenerative agriculture practices. We make clean energy plus healthy soil and food and high value jobs. Silicon Ranch delivers Regenerative Energy® by partnering with regenerative ranchers and local farmers. Outcome driven, Regenerative Energy® keeps solar farm land in agricultural production, helping to meet the global food demands of the future.
Regenerative Energy® Practices
Regenerative Energy® implements regenerative agriculture and other holistic land use practices on solar farms, including adaptive managed grazing of livestock and grassland restoration. These practices remove carbon from the atmosphere and trap it underground in the soil, reducing climate change. The trapped carbon, together with other valuable soil organic matter resulting from holistic practices, also enriches the soil, improves air and water quality, and strengthens ecosystems.
Transitioning Projects to Regenerative Energy®
In 2019, Silicon Ranch began transitioning its operating solar farms in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee to Regenerative Energy®. We partnered with regenerative farmer, Trent Hendricks of Cabriejo Ranch, to deliver Regenerative Energy® in these states. As we develop relationships with additional regenerative farmers, we will integrate Regenerative Energy® Standards into other currently operating projects across the country. And, we are designing and will be operating new solar farms using Regenerative Energy® Standards.
Our regenerative rancher partner, Trent Hendricks, is implementing the following regenerative practices on eight Silicon Ranch solar power plant sites, totaling 922 acres:
- Adaptive managed grazing with approximately 500 sheep moved from site to site
- Livestock graze for a short time, usually three to ten days. Then land rests, ungrazed, for adequate time to allow vegetation to recover from grazing.
- The timing, intensity, and frequency of grazing are controlled to mimic the natural relationship between native grasslands and large herds of grazing animals
- Grassland restoration
- Exclusively forage feeding of livestock (no hormone implants or antibiotics)
- Fertilization of soil using exclusively waste from animals and compost (no synthetic fertilizers)
- Maintenance of land using no chemical pesticide
● Aerojet Rocketdyne Solar Farm in Camden, AR
● Hattiesburg Solar Farm in Hattiesburg, MS
● Providence Solar Center in Madison County, TN
● Haywood Solar Farm in Brownsville, TN
● Ripley Solar Farm in Ripley, TN
● Selmer North I & II Solar Farms
● Pulaski Energy Park in Pulaski, TN